Panayis Chrysovergis creates Art and tells Stories
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling.If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
After nearly 10 years working as a visual storyteller and publications in Guardian, ID magazine, Le Monde Magazine, The eye of photography etc; I now photograph weddings. The story-telling part of working as a documentary photographer is what has shaped my approach, influences and drives me to this day.
I am Panayis, a Destination Wedding & Portrait photographer based in London and specialising in Fine Art wedding photography through photojournalism.
Every wedding is unique, and so should be the eye behind the lens
A documentary wedding photographer should be all about telling a story. This genre of photography has several different names; wedding photojournalism, documentary wedding photography and reportage wedding photography. I don’t believe there is any difference between the three names generally, apart from, perhaps, what the bridal magazines see as the fashionable way to describe natural, story telling wedding photography.
Multiple Award Winning Luxury Wedding Photography
Named as one of the top wedding photographers in the world by the Wedding Photojournalistic Association
In 19.08.2016, at Queens Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, my partner Dora gave birth by a planned cesarean section to our son Stratis. I was there, day and night, and I capture every intimate moment of our life.
Potentially my pictures do show Dora in discomfort but once you’ve gone through birth you realize it’s not about the pain as we know it in an everyday sense. It’s an amazing, primal experience.
Dora has a strong emotional reaction every time she looks at her birthing pictures. There is an element of remembering the discomfort but in a nice, nostalgic ‘looking back’ kind of way. But above all these photos are a keepsake for her and for my son as one of the most significant moments of her & his new life.
As a father I felt that I have been assigned from my son to capture the intensity of feeling in the theater, the touches, the encouragement and the small details which get forgotten; documenting the wonder of his birth and helping Dora to understand and feel proud of this experience. “Birth is many things – beautiful, hard, rewarding, bonding, exhausting, difficult and yes, graphic but after all, it’s LIFE entering the world, souls meeting.